Wednesday, May 5, 2010

125/365... Coming together joy

Last night a local family went out for dinner. While they were eating, his fire pager went off. A house "fully engulfed". His address.

Our fire department and several surrounding fire departments worked for hours to save their home.

When I went by their home today, I wasn't fully prepared for what I would see. Their belongings. Gone. Their home. Gone.

My joy?

The family is safe and unharmed. The firefighters are safe and unharmed.

The word of this tragedy spread rapidly. Donations are being made. Fundraisers are in place. Prayers are being said. The community has come together quickly to make sure that the family's needs are met.

Donations are greatly appreciated. Here's how you can help...

New or gently used clothes:
-Men's XL shirts, 33w36L slacks
-Ladies size 5/medium
-Teen boy (age 17) 30x32 pants, L shirts, size 11 shoes
-Girls (age 8) size 10 shirts, size 8 pants, size 1 shoes

Monetary donations:
- Union Fire Dept. 6610 Main St Union, IL 60180
- Marengo Fire Dept.
- Station 1 is West Dundee Fire Dept: 555 S. Eighth St. in West Dundee
- Station 2 is 100 Carrington Dr. in West Dundee
- Prairie State Bank at both Union and Marengo locations in care of Union Fire Victims.

Fundraisers:
- Prairie Community Bank is hosting a fundraiser Car wash on Saturday May 15th @ 12:30 (Marengo bank) and all the money goes to the Jones family to help with their loss. Spread the word.

Pretty amazing, isn't it?

Coming together joy.

125/365

6 comments:

elizabeth May 5, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

your picture gave me goose bumps as I sit here tonite -

I will help - even though I am far down south in florida.

Laurie May 6, 2010 at 6:18 AM  

Geez! Good think no one was there! Looks like it burned pretty fast. Prayers for the family :) It must be difficult to lose all of your belongings.

grandmabish May 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

This is a good example of how quickly every monetary thing we own can be lost in a few seconds. So sad. I hope they had good insurance.

E Gizzie Photography May 6, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

So sad! I can't imagine getting the call to go to your own house. I'm praying they didn't have pets in there, and that their precious items like photos were in a fire safe. So glad that the family was safe though.

Courtney May 7, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

This is heartbreaking. How devastating!

whippetmom May 7, 2010 at 9:41 PM  

So sad. The image is heartbreakingly beautiful though :(